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How To Properly Shut Down Your A/C For Winter

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Now that the fall season has officially arrived, many people are going to start shutting their air conditioner down for the season and get ready for the cold weather.

During the summer season, your air conditioner probably runs more often than not. The hot temperatures can make it downright unbearable to be indoors without a properly working air conditioner.

With all of this wear and tear, it is important that your air conditioner be properly maintained when it comes to the end of the season.

The temperatures quickly change from one extreme to another, and it is important to be able to rely on your system to switch from heating to air conditioner and back again.

To help this along, it is essential that your air conditioner is properly maintained and is put down for the season with care and proper service.

Here are a few things that you should do to ensure that your air conditioner is put down for the season in a way that will make it ready for use next season:

  1. Change the filter in your system. The air filter is an important piece of proper maintenance for your air conditioner because it is responsible for pushing all of the air out of your system. If the air filter is dirty with thick layers of residue, then it is very difficult for the air to get out of the system and into your home. The extra work that the motor has to put out to push the cold air can cause serious wear and tear on the system.
  2. Call for professional service and have your air conditioner checked out before you shut it down for the season. Your air conditioner should receive professional maintenance before you shut it down for the season. Next year, when you turn the system on, the extra step of having the system serviced before discontinuing use will really pay off.
  3. If there is any water that has accumulated in the drip pan of your air conditioner, make sure to drain that water out and keep the area as dry as possible.

A properly working air conditioner is just as important at the end of the summer as it is at the beginning of the summer. Use these tips to get your air conditioner properly shut down for the winter and prepare for the winter temperatures.